27th January 2019

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and I am shocked to read that that 1 in 20 people do not believe the Holocaust is a real event. Is it because it is on a scale that is so unimaginable, or that the living conditions, the gas chambers, the torture Is so unimaginable that can’t possibly make it true? Whilst on holiday this last week, I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. It is a heart-breaking story set in Auschwitz- Birkenau of a man, the Tattooist, himself a captured Jew, who helped many people in the camp and about the love between 2 people that sustained them. Just even reading a small bit about the detail of what it was like on a day-to-day basis is difficult to imagine – difficult to imagine how anyone survived those conditions. The thing that struck me at one point which is very vivid – is the fear of the ‘not knowing’ if you were singled out for any reason whether this was death or torture or something else- and this could just depend on a whim or the mood of an officer on any given day. If you have not read it, it is worth a read. It is humbling. I don’t know whether I could have had the stamina let alone the bravery that the Tattooist amongst others showed during their time in the camps.